13 Must-Follow Recipes for the Perfect Homemade Face Mask
Forget spending time and money at your local spa. Follow these simple recipes and pamper yourself with the perfect homemade face mask.
Banana facial masks
Who needs Botox when you have bananas? That’s right: You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade face mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for ten to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Another popular mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey (a natural acne remedy), and one medium banana.
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Vinegar facial masks
Using vinegar as a skin toner dates back to the time of Helen of Troy, and it’s just as effective today. After you wash your face, mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also create a homemade face mask by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let it dry. But first, be sure to read up on the proper way to use apple cider vinegar for skin.
Milk facial masks
Here’s another way to give yourself a fancy spa facial at home using DIY face masks. Make a homemade face mask by mixing 1/4 cup powdered milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Thoroughly coat your face with the mixture, let dry completely, then rinse with warm water.
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Oatmeal facial masks
If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up that will leave you feeling and looking better, give yourself an oatmeal facial. Combine 1/2 cup hot—not boiling—water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and one small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for ten to 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.)
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Mayonnaise facial masks
Why waste money on expensive creams when you can treat yourself to a soothing homemade face mask with whole-egg mayonnaise from your own refrigerator? Gently spread the mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse with cool water. Your face will feel clean and smooth.
Yogurt facial masks
You don’t have to go to a spa to give your face a quick assist. To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain yogurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For a revitalizing homemade face mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off. Here’s the best way to get rid of scars, according to dermatologists.
Mustard facial masks
Pat your face with mild yellow mustard for a bracing facial that will soothe and stimulate your skin. Try it on a small test area first to make sure it won’t irritate.
Egg facial masks
For a little pampering, head to the refrigerator and grab an egg. If you have dry skin that needs moisturizing, separate the egg and beat the yolk. Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added. For normal skin, use the entire egg. Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. You’ll love your new fresh face.
Strawberry yogurt facial masks
For this refreshing (and tasty!) treatment, mash up a handful of ripe strawberries with 3 tablespoons of ground almonds. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and mix until the mixture has a pasty texture. Apply it to your face and rinse for soft, smooth skin. Use it within 24 hours, making sure to keep it refrigerated if you’re not using it immediately. Find more DIY facial mask recipes here.
Facial cleansing masks
This treatment, meant especially for younger people with oily skin, requires a package of dry yeast, which you can easily purchase if you don’t already have some. Mix the contents of a 0.25-ounce (7-gram) packet with three drops of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of water until it forms a paste. (Add more water as needed to get it to the right consistency.) Spread the mixture on your face and let it sit for ten to 15 minutes, then rinse off, for a refreshing deep clean. Here’s how olive oil benefits your health.
Honey facial masks
For this homemade face mask, start with 2/3 cup of instant oats and heat them in a 1/2 cup of hot water for about five minutes until the mixture thickens. While you’re waiting, toss half a cored apple into a blender with 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one egg white. Blend at a pulse for 45 seconds, then add the heated oatmeal mixture. Blend at a pulse for another 20 seconds. Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes for maximum nourishment. This is the anti-aging advice you can definitely ignore.
Youthful skin face masks
The name of this homemade face mask says it all—banana acts as an astringent, helping to tighten facial skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In addition to the yellow fruit (the recipe recommends a medium-sized banana), you’ll also need 1/4 cup of whipping cream. Mash them together, then add the contents of one 500-IU Vitamin E capsule. (You can pierce the capsule with a needle to squeeze out the contents.) Stir the mixture and then spread it onto your face, removing after ten to 15 minutes. And don’t miss these unusual beauty uses for coffee grinds.